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Harish Rawat, Congress chief prepare separate list of candidates for Uttarakhand assembly polls

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay have again come to the fore at the time of ticket distribution for 2017 assembly elections.

Making tensions in Congress camp, Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay have again come to the fore at the time of ticket distribution for 2017 assembly elections.

According to Economic Times report, battle lines have been drawn between Rawat and Upadhyay with both preparing two separate lists of candidates. The senior leaders came up with separate lists after “serious differences” emerged between the two on fielding candidates from as many as 15 seats.

Party sources said that three meetings of the Congress screening committee, presided over by former Union minister for social justice and empowerment Kumari Selja, have failed to resolve the deadlock over ticket distribution. The separate lists of candidates prepared by CM Harish Rawat and the state Congress chief is expected to be discussed before the Congress Central Election Committee in the next few days.

He added that some party members, including MLAs, have been asked to shift their seat, to accommodate PDF members. “While Upadhyay is pitching for organisation workers, Rawat has thrown his weight behind fielding PDF and BJP turncoats on Congress ticket.” Congress’s ally PDF, which comprises three Independent MLAs, 2 BSP MLAs and one from Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD), has been a bone of contention between Rawat and Upadhyay.

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